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Metal Drive Tapes for Robotics and Automation Systems

Belt Technologies, Inc. produces metal drive tapes from the same high-quality stainless steel used in its endless metal belts. Unlike metal conveyor belts, drive tapes are not endless; they are open-ended with anchor attachments at each end. They are frequently used in design applications where accurate and reliable motion profiles are required, such as XY plotting assemblies for 3D printers and robotic equipment.

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Stainless Steel Drive Tapes Provide Accurate and Reliable Motion Control

Stainless steel drive tapes exhibit a variety of unique properties that make them ideal for applications where clean, precise movement is required:

  • Virtually non-stretchable
  • High resistance to extreme temperatures
  • Vacuum compatible
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Accurate and repeatable

Stainless steel drive tapes are highly accurate; they almost completely eliminate chordal vibration, motion loss, and backlash that can often result in inaccurate positioning of robotic motion profiles. Because they neither require lubrication nor generate particulates, metal drive tapes are perfect for clean room environments and sensitive, automated robotic systems. Like stainless steel conveyor belts, metal drive tapes are virtually non-stretchable and demonstrate an optimal strength-to-weight ratio. This makes them reliable, consistent, and very easy to maintain.

Custom End Attachments and Perforations for Design Flexibility

Belt Technologies, Inc. is able to design and produce stainless steel drive tapes with any number of end attachments and perforations required by your design specifications. Metal drive tapes can be fitted with specialized end tabs, locating pins, attachment anchors, and custom perforations to suit a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Carriage positioning
  • Robotic arms
  • 3D printers
  • LCD production
  • Optical element drives

Our engineers have the knowledge and experience to provide you with design feedback, if necessary. Contact the experts today and find out how our metal drive tapes can improve your robotic equipment.


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